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Tailor-made trips

Go beneath the surface.

If you Google "Japan travel", you'll find an endless list of travel agencies and tour operators offering tours on tight schedules, in the company of 30 strangers, visiting the same major attractions that contribute to overtourism.

If you're like us, you enjoy traveling at your own pace, with family and/or friends of your choosing. While we love the highlights, the real magic happens well away from the big sights and off-the-beaten-path. The kind of real life travel experiences you won't find in a search engine.

With our network of expert Travel Advisors and Local Guides, we work closely with you to design and create a tailored trip that satisfies different travel styles, preferences and goals.

Our approach: You dream, we define.

You relax, we orchestrate.

We design, and you fulfill.

Step 1:

The coffee date

We want to get to you and your party. You've dreamed up an idea of visiting Japan, and we're eager to know the reason why you want to go. Are you celebrating a special occasion with your family or embarking on an outdoor adventure with friends? What excites you? What hits your heart? What kind of experiences will make visiting meaningful for you?

Building a successful relationship from the beginning is what separates us from everyone else, so imagine this stage is like having coffee together or a first date. This is our konnichiwa.

Prior to our call, please complete our client questionnaire which will gives us a general idea on your intended departure, timeline, party and budget.

Step 2:

Here starts the magic

After spending some time getting to know you we'll match you with one of our Destination Advisors, there to guide you through the ins-and-outs of the country. From the tricky logistics and cultural differences, to the best restaurants and local experiences, they will offer candid advice and recommendations while helping build a once-in-a-lifetime experience for your party.

As with seeking out any professional service in life such as an accountant or financial advisor, this is a very bespoke, creative and organized process. Once paperwork has been signed and our custom trip design deposit is received, we'll work with our local teams to stir up a day-to-day itinerary just for you. We'll then provide you an initial proposal which we can build upon to ensure we get all those personal details right.

Step 3: Time to attune

From here we want to know, "what's good, bad, just okay?" Our goal is to fine-tune each detail to the precise sound you like to hear, while communicating with our partners and on-the-ground guides about the specifics of your trip. Throughout this grace period, you'll have direct access to you Advisor and our team via phone/email.

Step 4: Confirmation

Once you are delighted with the aesthetic of your trip and ready to lock it in, we'll ask for your official sign off and collect payment information, which varies according to where you're going in Japan, your party's preferences and the experiences you choose. We can help button up additional details such as transfers, dining, and where to buy the best sushi.

Step 5: Support

As you trip draws near, we understand a few thoughts may pop up. "What travel procedures do I need to follow? Where can I get the best medical support in case of an emergency? How do I pack for the weather? What should I be aware of in terms Japan's customs and traditions?"

With your Advisor's first-hand knowledge and experience, they can answer any questions in a pre-trip group orientation via Zoom which we'll coordinate on our end 3 weeks prior to departure. Our supportive hands are available to you and we'll be sure to check in a few times while you are on the ground in Japan.

Step 6:

Stay connected

This has been an enjoyable process for us and we're excited to follow your journey! Please take a moment to connect with us on our social platforms and tag us during special moments on your trip! #responsibletravel #ZI

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Step 7:

Share your story!

You've landed back home safely, rested your head on you own pillow, and your heart is full of special moments and memories you'll never forget. We'd love to hear about them! Please share your experience with us on our reviews page. With your permission, we'll also share your experience with our travel community across our social channels.

Our travel approach

From the vast wilderness of Hokkaido down to the tropical beaches of Okinawa, traveling to Japan is an experience like no other. While we love the famous sights, it’s the bullet trains, melt-in-the-mouth sushi, relaxing onsens, festivals and heritage that get us going.

Whether you’re into food, culture, history nature, art, or fashion, let our team help you not just get the pulse of Japan, but hear the true heartbeat.

We had never visited Japan before and Lauren and her team helped make it a trip of a lifetime for us. We needed to coordinate things before with phone calls and communication that we weren’t prepared to do. She recommended places that we certainly wouldn’t have known about and put together an itinerary that made our travels easeful and fun!

Robyn Dino

Denver, CO


Ready to get started?

We're excited to learn about more about you and your intentions to visit and experience Japan!